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John Calvin January - 3/14/2015

John Calvin January

John Calvin January, age 66, of Odin, IL died February 17th, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Following graduation from Salem Community High School, John attended Rankin Technical Institute, beginning his career as a general machinist for 22 years.  He began working his trade at Stanford Engineering in Salem.  He then became owner-operator of JJ's High Tech  Custom Gun Shop in Odin, where he was known for producing an exceptional and quality product.  He was a member of the NRA.  He loved to travel, ride his Harley Davidson's and loved animals, especially German Shepherds.  He also enjoyed working on cars, speed racing and NASCAR.

Family and friends of John January are invited to share in a time of celebration and refreshment from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 14th in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, Odin, concluding with a service of remembrance and reflection at 7:00 P.M.  Burial will be private at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Centralia Humane Society "House of Hope" no-kill facility or to the American Cancer Society, and will be accepted by Rankin Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.

John January loved and is survived by several family members, including special cousins Diana Langenfeld of Centralia and her son Jon Langenfeld of Arkansas. In addition to family, he is survived by a large host of friends, including Martin Wimberly and his office staff, Carol Ray and Sonia Crawford.

John January was born August 12, 1948 in Salem, he was the son of Jonnie Earl and Lavone (Pearce) January who preceded him in death.  He married Carolyn "Susie" McColpin, April 30, 1998 in Las Vegas, NV and she survives in Odin.

Wilma Doris Upton - 3/8/2015

Wilma Doris Upton, age 92 of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.

Funeral arrangements for Wilma Doris Upton are pending at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon where you may call 618-246-0100 for further information or visit us online at www.newellfuneralhome.com.

Joshua D. Speiser - 3/7/2015

Joshua D. Speiser, 29, ofSandoval passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at his home.  Joshua was a cook at McDonald's. He enjoyed four wheel riding and hunting quail and dove. Joshua loved spending time with his son Devon.

A visitation will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday March 7 with a celebration of life service to start at 2:00 p.m. at the Day Macz Funeral Homes in Sandoval; the Reverend Claude Howell will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's. Online condolences and memories of Joshua may be shared with the family at www.daymaczfuneralhomes.com and/or on Facebook.

Survivors include his mother Linda George of Odin; son Devon Michael Scott Speiser of Salem; sister Jamie Owens of Centralia;  brother Carl Thomason; grandparents Anna Mae and Darrell Speiser of Sandoval and June Garren of Odin; special friends Rocky Owens and Barb Berry; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.

He was born on June 25, 1985, son of Linda George and David Speiser in Centralia, IL.  Joshua was preceded in death by his father David Speiser, brother Justin Michael Mulvaney, and grandfather Jerry Garren.

Marilyn L. Jones - 3/7/2015

Marilyn L. Jones

Marilyn L. Jones, 77, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away at 3:35 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Cabot Health & Rehabilitation Center in Cabot, Arkansas. She was wife, mother & awesome grandmother. She grew up in Centralia but moved all over with her husband who was in military. She was member of Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post #2055 & American Legion. She was also Member of George M. Nelms Post #446 & Auxiliary. She received Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Air Force.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Friends may call on Friday evening from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. For those who wish, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her Son- William D. Jones & wife Rebecca of Central City, Il; Daughter- Denise D. Jones of Jacksonville, Ark; Brother in Law- Robert E. Jones of Alabama; 2 Sisters- Carol Stanford of Earlville, Il; Betty Humphrey & husband Jerry of Davenport, Iowa; Sister in Law- Helen Kellogg; 2 Grandchildren- William A. Jones & Jessika L. Jones both of Central City, Il; several Nieces & Nephews.

She was born on August 1, 1937 in Fairbury, Nebraska the daughter of Harry H.  & Mildred M. (Shook) Kugel. She married William E. Jones on May 10, 1959 at St. Peters United Church of Christ. He preceded her in death in 2008.  She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Grandparents, and Niece- Tammie R. Humphrey.

Kathryn Evelyn Stephens - 3/7/2015

Kathryn Evelyn Stephens

Kathryn Stephens, age 88 of Centralia passed away Sunday March 1, 2015 at Doctors Nursing Home in Salem.  She was owner of Sunrise Home Helpers, Inc. and past owner of Trico Erection, Inc.  She attended Grace Church of the Nazarene.   

Funeral Services for Kathryn Evelyn Stephens will be held at ten Saturday morning at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem, with Doug Romine presiding.  Burial at the Lakeview Cemetery in Fairview Heights.  Visitation from six to eight Friday night at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include his daughter:  Allison Mann of Centralia; son:  Clay Stephens and friend Lori Thompson of Centralia, grandchildren: Brittany, Ashley, Kierston, Ed and wife Jenny, Jon and wife Hailey, Jason, Andrea and husband Klaytor; great grandchildren:  Kayden, Tyson, Makinzie, Samuel; three brothers:  Cleve Weyenburg of Burleson and Dan Weyenberg and wife Phoebe of Waco, Texas, Tom Weyenberg and wife Karen of Beaverton, Oregon.

Kathryn Stephens was born on April 26th, 19026 in LaGrange, Kentucky to Clyde Weyenberg and Viola (tate) Peeler.  She was married to Edward Monroe Stephens on February 10th, 1955 at St. Paul Church in Belleville by Lorenz Eichenlaub.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband along with son:  Edward; daughter:  Christy Treadaway; brother: Clyde Weyenburg, sister-in-law Paulina Weyenberg and son in law: Michael Mann. 

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